Lost in Exile

We started the day huffing up the steep winding slope. After breakfast, we headed towards Temple Complex. Plastered on the wall opposite, were posters of the Tibetan uprising and the resistance movement. It’s not the best way to start the morning. Disturbing images of tortured or missing Tibetans dominated the posters. Understandably, no effort was spared in hiding the…

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A Walk through the Alleys of Gamcheon

It’s interesting to see how a fresh coat of paint and a few art installations can change perspective. Gamcheon Culture Village, in Busan (Phusan), attempts a heady mix of both. The history of Gamcheon Village is as eclectic as the village itself. The village was founded by followers of the Taegeukdo faith in the early 1900s. Keeping…

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Changing Guard at Gyeongbokgung Palace

Seoul has its fair share of palaces and palace complexes. We’d already explored Changdeokgung Palace on the earlier weekend and chose Gyeongbokgung Palace for the change of royal guard ceremony. Gyeongbokgung Palace can be easily reached by taking the subway line 3 to Gyeongbokgung station and exiting the station at Exit 5. Alternatively,  you can take line 5 to Gwanghwamun Station and leave…

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Freedom is not Free

When a significant power chooses to take over another culture; physically as well as geographically, freedom of thought is the first to be lost. Although, our knowledge of the Indian freedom struggle relies heavily on school text books, or stories of the aftermath (partition) that followed or movies; ‘colonialism‘ has never really been a pretty word. I’m glad we’re born after 1947.…

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WPC : Boundaries

30,000 ft above the surface of the earth – all visible boundaries blur. War ceases to exist, and humans coalesce into an infinitesimal dot. 30,000 ft below, on earth, boundaries are drawn. Countries are born, people start assuming nationalities, and race – formed. War is an irrefutable reality. Often confused – with a need – for peace.…

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Knock, Knock. Who’s There?

It’s a sleepy Saturday afternoon on a warm summer’s day. As we walked along the deserted roads in Seoul’s Heritage Village – few doors are open. No heads peep in curiosity or wait to be clicked. And yet, it makes perfect sense, to stick to the rules: no loudspeakers, hushed voices, and no secret photography. Bukchon Hanok, is…

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